eolesen wrote: ↑Wed Nov 17, 2021 7:52 pm
I'd bet that over 99% of the printed timetables for Amtrak went to railfans vs paying customers. Having a PDF, even one generated on the fly seems to have the same value proposition.
As a traveler, I'd much rather see investment in an app that can give me the operational ETA of a train in motion based on real-time inputs and the past 7 -21 days actual performance. That's value. It's probably also something Amtrak has as data points for managing their own resource planning....
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Absolutely. Most folks today other than we railfans and rail advocates don't easily read or even understand timetables, too much information, and don't want all that unnecessary info in most cases. They simply want to plug into the website or application I want to go from A to B at approximately X time and see what is available. And the same with airline flights. Heck, if I want to take NJT from High Bridge to Newark or New York, I use the NJT site and plug in the stations to see when the trains operate. That said, I like to read timetables, but I now rarely use them. I plan to travel next month from Newark, NJ to Washington, DC to attend the all volunteer operated World Science Fiction Convention ("Worldcon") and when I booked my Amtrak travel a few days ago, that is exactly what I did. Coach Silver Star to DC and return 6 days later on business class Acela Express. No need to look at a timetable.